How Rams’ Darious Williams knew what was coming on his pick-6

If you need an example of how important film study is in football, look no further than Darious Williams’ interception of Russell Wilson in the Rams’ 30-20 win over the Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. Williams has had a knack for jumping routes all season long, so it wasn’t surprising to see […]

Seahawks’ unwillingness to keep it simple costs them a game

The Seattle Seahawks, trailing the New York Giants by three points midway through the third quarter of their meeting Sunday at Lumen Field, faced fourth-and-inches from their own 48-yard line. The Giants had just generated their first real offense of the game to take the lead, and the Seahawks were desperate to answer and regain […]

Kyler Murray Is Leading the Arizona Cardinals on a Joy Ride

The Arizona Cardinals are the latest team to challenge the “N.F.L. establishment.” They are dangerous subversives with a thrilling dual-threat quarterback and a slick upstart coach whose gimmicky system is all dessert and no vegetables. They may be fun to watch, but conventional wisdom nervously warns that they won’t amount to anything until they grow […]

Darrell Henderson is killing it off tackle

Todd Gurley probably had his best game of the season on Sunday and yet the results of the week and the year may only emphasize why the LA Rams had to made the difficult decision to release him in March. The most obvious and pertinent reason to the Rams though was not what Gurley’s been […]

How Seahawks Can Deploy Quinton Dunbar, Jamal Adams with Matchup Zone Concepts

The 2020 Seahawks have a loaded secondary. In March, they acquired quality cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Football Team for a fifth-round pick. Then there was the blockbuster trade for All-Pro strong safety Jamal Adams. Finally, Dunbar’s offseason legal saga ended. After the Broward County State Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in a May 13 […]

2019 LA Rams 5 man pass rush ranks fourth in NFL

The LA Rams were one of the most “results-oriented” pass-sacking defenses in the NFL in 2019. Results-oriented, because the Rams generated 50 quarterback sacks in 2019, good for the fourth-ranked defense in the nation.  But as is the case with many such statistics, there is the story within the story. You see, teams get credit for the sacks, […]

How Seahawks DE Darrell Taylor Stacked Up Against Best Pass Rushers in 2019

The Seahawks’ biggest need of the offseason was obvious: rushing the passer. Finding effective quarterback hunters was the absolute necessity. This was true even before the Jadeveon Clowney free agency saga, which remains without a conclusion. Simply put, the Seahawks have to be better at affecting quarterbacks in 2020 and second-round draft pick Darrell Taylor […]

Why the 49ers’ pass defense has fallen apart — and can it be fixed?

According to Saleh, the Rams called 21 boot-action plays against his defense last Saturday, which Saleh called “unheard of.” Throwing boot concepts at a defense with a fast, aggressive defensive front forces defensive linemen to make second reactions when they’d rather not. It forces linebackers to sail betwixt and between run fits and coverage adjustments. […]

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